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Synonyms for sham
ʃæm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fake, sham, postiche(noun)

    something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be

    Synonyms:
    impostor, shammer, imposter, fraud, pretender, postiche, faker, juke, role player, pseudo, fake, pseud, hairpiece, false hair

    Antonyms:
    genuine, echt

  2. imposter, impostor, pretender, fake, faker, fraud, sham, shammer, pseudo, pseud, role player(adj)

    a person who makes deceitful pretenses

    Synonyms:
    histrion, fraud, imposter, pseudo, fake, dissimulator, faker, player, pretender, fraudulence, juke, role player, hoax, dissembler, put-on, humbug, shammer, actor, pseud, hypocrite, phoney, phony, postiche, impostor, dupery, malingerer, thespian, skulker

    Antonyms:
    genuine, echt

  3. assumed, false, fictitious, fictive, pretended, put on, sham(verb)

    adopted in order to deceive

    "an assumed name"; "an assumed cheerfulness"; "a fictitious address"; "fictive sympathy"; "a pretended interest"; "a put-on childish voice"; "sham modesty"

    Synonyms:
    off-key, fancied, fake, mistaken, imitation, sour, delusive, fictive, simulated, put on, fictional, assumed, false, faux, fictitious, fabricated, pretended, untrue

    Antonyms:
    echt, genuine

  4. simulate, assume, sham, feign(verb)

    make a pretence of

    "She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger"; "he feigned sleep"

    Synonyms:
    pretend, adopt, take for granted, arrogate, get into, accept, strike, dissemble, take on, imitate, acquire, usurp, simulate, assume, put on, presume, affect, feign, take, model, take over, seize, don, take up, bear, wear, copy

    Antonyms:
    genuine, echt

  5. feign, sham, pretend, affect, dissemble(verb)

    make believe with the intent to deceive

    "He feigned that he was ill"; "He shammed a headache"

    Synonyms:
    bear upon, make believe, mask, touch, cloak, touch on, strike, dissemble, move, assume, involve, pretend, venture, simulate, impress, affect, hazard, feign, act, impact, guess, profess, bear on, regard, make

    Antonyms:
    genuine, echt

Wiktionary

  1. sham(adjective)

    Synonyms:
    mock

    Antonyms:
    sincere, genuine, real

  2. sham(verb)

    To deceive, cheat, lie.

    Synonyms:
    mock

    Antonyms:
    sincere, genuine, real

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sham

    Pretense (Latin prætendo) primarily signifies the holding something forward as having certain rights or claims, whether truly or falsely; in the good sense, it is now rarely used except with a negative; as, there can be no pretense that this is due; a false pretense implies the possibility of a true pretense; but, alone and unlimited, pretense commonly signifies the offering of something for what it is not. Hypocrisy is the false pretense of moral excellence, either as a cover for actual wrong, or for the sake of the credit and advantage attaching to virtue. Cant (Latin cantus, a song), primarily the singsong iteration of the language of any party, school, or sect, denotes the mechanical and pretentious use of religious phraseology, without corresponding feeling or character; sanctimoniousness is the assumption of a saintly manner without a saintly character. As cant is hypocrisy in utterance, so sanctimoniousness is hypocrisy in appearance, as in looks, tones, etc. Pietism, originally a word of good import, is now chiefly used for an unregulated emotionalism; formalism is an exaggerated devotion to forms, rites, and ceremonies, without corresponding earnestness of heart; sham (identical in origin with shame) is a trick or device that puts one to shame, or that shamefully disappoints expectation or falsifies appearance. Affectation is in matters of intellect, taste, etc., much what hypocrisy is in morals and religion; affectation might be termed petty hypocrisy. Compare DECEPTION.

    Synonyms:
    affectation, cant, dissimulation, formalism, hypocrisy, pharisaism, pietism, pretense, sanctimoniousness, sanctimony

    Antonyms:
    candor, frankness, genuineness, honesty, ingenuousness, openness, sincerity, transparency, truth, truthfulness

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sham

    Synonyms:
    phantom, ghost, delusion, illusion, mockery, shadow, pretence, counterfeit, unreality

    Antonyms:
    substance, reality, verity, substantiality, truth

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sham(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    feign, pretend, make pretence of

  2. sham(n.)

    Synonyms:
    imposture, imposition, trick, fraud, feint, delusion, humbug, pretence, clap-trap

  3. sham(a.)

    Synonyms:
    pretended, false, assumed, counterfeit, mock, spurious, clap-trap, make-believe, not real

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Translations for sham

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  • زائفArabic
  • Imitat, verstellen, Mogelei, Betrug, Schwindel, FälschungGerman
  • απάτηGreek
  • falso, fingido, fingirSpanish
  • huijaus, jäljennös, väärennös, huiputus, petosFinnish
  • feinte, astuce, tricher, ruse, tromper, tromperie, mentir, faux-semblantFrench
  • दिखावाHindi
  • fasullo, falsoItalian
  • 真似事, ごまかし, まがいものJapanese
  • imitatie, oplichterij, kwakzalverij, bedrog, nepDutch
  • udawanyPolish
  • păcăli, păcălealăRomanian
  • мошенничество, жульничество, подделкаRussian

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